By Roger Kahn
Celebrated activities author Roger Kahn casts his gaze at the golden age of baseball, an unforgettable time whilst the sport thrived as America's unmatched nationwide activity. The Era starts off in 1947 with Jackie Robinson altering significant league baseball without end through taking the sector for the Dodgers. striking, momentous occasions represent the last decade that followed-Robinson's outstanding accomplishments; the explosion at the nationwide scene of such soon-to-be legends as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bobby Thomson, Duke Snider, and Yogi Berra; Casey Stengel's artful coping with; the emergence of televised video games; and the lovely luck of the Yankees as they play in 9 out of 11 international sequence. The Era concludes with the relocation of the Dodgers from Brooklyn to la, a stream that shook the game to its very roots.
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